Your Roofing Questions Answered


The decision to get a new roof is one many homeowners have to make at least once. But, since it’s not an everyday event, you likely have lots of questions. Today, Kleen Roofs offers answers to many of the most common roofing questions posed by homeowners!

How much does it cost to replace my roof?

That depends on a number of factors, including the size and pitch of your roof, the condition of the wood underneath the shingles, the materials you choose to go back with, and whether or not repairs are needed. Forbes explains that the national average is around $8000, but you may spend much more or much less.

When should I repair instead of replace?

This is also a difficult question to answer, and it depends on the extent of damage or degradation.A roof stained with black streaks, or has moss and lichen growing on it, can be cleaned instead of replaced. A small leak caused by a poorly-placed nail is a fairly easy fix that either you or your roofing professional can handle without a full replacement. However, if your roof is bowing or you have multiple leaks, replacement might be the answer.

What is the best type of material: metal or shingle?

While both metal and asphalt shingle roofs are considered fairly affordable and durable, metal may be longer-lasting while asphalt is more traditional. However, you should know that there are many other options, including slate and tile, both of which will last 50 years or more

I’m planning to sell my home in the near future. Will I get my money back on roof replacement?

Probably not, at least not fully. If your roof is in dire need of repair, however, having it replaced might make it easier to sell. Real estate firm Redfin explains that better-maintained homes sell faster and notes that, should you choose to sell your home without the needed repairs, it can make it more difficult for buyers to get a loan.

Does insurance pay for hail damage?

Usually, yes. notes that this is a standard inclusion and further explains that factors, including how your policy is set up and where you live, can affect your actual payout.

I also want to have windows installed. Should I do the roof or windows first?

In most cases, it’s best to have your roof installed first, followed by other major upgrades, such as siding and windows.

Why is there algae growing on the roof?

In some parts of the country, humidity can lead to the growth of blue-green algae on the roof. If you have light-colored asphalt shingles, you may see this more predominantly. Although this will likely not harm the roof, it is unsightly. Having the roof cleaned by a professional soft wash cleaning company, Such as Kleen can remove the algae safely.

How do I know that my roofer is experienced and reliable?

Start by checking reviews, which you can do online using Google, Angi, Home Advisor, or social media. You can also confirm that they are licensed and insured. If possible, ask for customer referrals and take a look at testimonials from their website. You can also look for a history of complaints on the Better Business Bureau’s website.

If you’re having trouble with your roof, you already know how stressful it can be when deciding how to proceed. Hopefully, the information and answers above – from repair costs to knowing when it’s time to replace your roof – will reduce stress and help you make an informed decision. 

Kleen Roofs has the roof and exterior cleaning professionals you’ve been looking for. Call (616) 914-9064.